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Upcoming Spring 2019 HSR changes

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Effective April 28 2019, HSR will be implementing changes affecting several routes.

Re-routing of Route 7 LOCKE due to construction will begin on April 28th and remain in effect for the duration of the project. Buses during this time will not service Locke Street directly. Buses will travel southbound on Queen Street South and northbound on Dundurn Street South. Re-routing buses will require customers to walk into the Locke St shopping district, but will allow buses to maintain schedule integrity.

Permanent re-routing of Route 34 UPPER PARADISE Will also begin on April 28th. This route has been impacted by a number of speed calming initiatives over recent years and buses are no longer able to remain on schedule. Upcoming changes to the route should make route 34 service more reliable for customers.

  • The route is being shortened and will now end at Main at MacNab rather than King at James.
  • Buses returning to the mountain will travel southbound on James Street South and then westbound on Hunter Street West to Queen Street South.

Permanent change to bus stops on King between James and MacNab Will also take place. The stop platform is being expanded to allow for greater accessibility for the six different route variations that operate at this location. The stops have been consolidated and re-aligned so that the buses running along Main St W (5-2 DELAWARE, 10 B-LINE EXPRESS) will operate from the stop closest to MacNab, while the buses running through McMaster University (1A KING5C DELAWARE, 51 UNIVERSITY) will operate from the stop closest to James.

Also starting April 28th is a trial stop re-location for the bus stop for Routes 2 BARTON and 3 CANNON from James at King back to James at King William. The trial will take place from April 28 until September 2019. The aim is to alleviate congestion created by multiple buses attempting to service a singular platform while at the same location 1 KING buses are attempting to turn onto James.

Finally the 56 CENTENNIAL Riverdale Pilot, has been extended until June 22nd, 2019.

March 18th, 2019 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Hamilton

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It’s hard to believe it’s been five years since we started to promote Transit Driver Appreciation Day in Ontario. It was called “Bus Driver Appreciation Day” back in 2014 when we started to spread the word about the day, which was found online in 2013.

At that point none of the transit agencies in Ontario celebrated the day and now, five years later many do.

On March 18th, join us in celebrating the contributions of our hard-working bus drivers and rail operators! That could be as simple as a smile and a wave when you board the bus or train, and a “thank you” when you leave. And, don’t forget to submit an official commendation for a job well done, so your drivers can be formally recognized for their efforts. (You can do that any time of year!)

Kids 12 and under ride free on GO Transit starting March 9th

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Today, Transportation Minister Jeff Yurek, and Metrolinx President and CEO Phil Verster announced that kids 12 and under can travel for free on all GO Transit trains and buses starting March 9th, 2019.

Children can already travel on the TTC and UP Express for free.

“Letting kids travel on GO for free will make taking transit easier and more affordable for parents and kids,” said Minister Yurek. “Whether you’re visiting family or taking a trip to the mall, free trips for children will help families save money and offer parents a low-stress alternative to driving.”

While children 12 and under can already travel for free on the TTC and UP Express, in Hamilton only children under 5 years of age are free on Hamilton Street Railway (HSR) buses.

Source: Ministry of Transportation

Megabus service from Toronto Coach Terminal to Hamilton International Airport starts March 31st

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Coach Canada today announced that they are launching new MEGABUS service from the Toronto Coach Terminal to the Hamilton International Airport.

Daily departures are set to start on March 31st with one daily trip. The trip departs the Toronto Coach Terminal at 610 Bay Street in downtown Toronto at 3:00pm and arrives at the Hamilton International Airport at 4:45pm.

The one way fare is set at $21.

City begins community engagement campaign to (Re)envision the HSR

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The City of Hamilton announced on Monday that they are nearing the start of the public consultation for the (re)envisioning of the transit network in the city.

Tomorrow, Tuesday January 22nd, 2019, the City of Hamilton’s Transit Division begins a comprehensive community engagement campaign to (Re)envision the HSR. The city is looking to hear from past, current and potential customers.

The survey is designed by world-class experts at McMaster University to measure the perceived and desired quality of transit service in the city.

The survey will be available at www.hamilton.ca/reenvision beginning on Tuesday. Questions and feedback about (Re)envision the HSR can be sent to the Customer Experience & Innovation team at reenvision@hamilton.ca.

Later stages of the project include consultation and collaboration with Hamilton’s many communities in the spring/summer of 2019. The design and reconfiguration phase will take place in the fall/winter of 2019 with recommendations coming to Council in the Spring of 2020.

Source: City of Hamilton

City beginning transit shelter replacements next week

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The City of Hamilton will soon start replacing some transit shelters in the city.

As part of HSR’s 2019 Shelter Renewal Program, funded through PTIF Phase 1 (50% Municipal and 50% Federal), the City will begin to replace approximately 500 transit shelters throughout the City of Hamilton, with the first 45 replacements scheduled to start January 15th, 2019.

The HSR will post notices in advance at the existing shelter locations advising customers of the disruptions, as well as on social media. Temporary stops will be identified for the duration of the removal and installation.

Source: City of Hamilton

GO Transit adding Weekday GO Train Service to Niagara Falls in January

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Today, Jeff Yurek, Minister of Transportation, announced that the long-asked-for weekday GO train service to Niagara Falls and St. Catharines on the Lakeshore West line Will be introduced in January.

“Our government is keeping our promise to get people moving and make life better for everyone in Ontario by expanding GO train service to Niagara Falls,” said Yurek. “We are working with our railway partner, CN, to use the existing rail infrastructure to expand GO Transit service for people in Niagara Falls and St. Catharines four years sooner than promised.”

Beginning on January 7th, 2019, people travelling by GO Transit between Niagara Falls and Toronto’s Union Station will benefit from a new morning trip with an evening return every weekday.

The existing weekday 6:39 a.m. eastbound trip from West Harbour GO Station will now begin at Niagara Falls at 5:19 a.m., stop at St. Catharines at 5:41 a.m. and continue on to West Harbour, making all stops to Clarkson then running express to Union Station as usual and at the current times.

The existing weekday 5:15 p.m. westbound trip from Union to West Harbour will be extended to make a stop at St. Catharines at 7:22 p.m., and arrive at Niagara Falls at 7:47 p.m.

“This is great news for people in Niagara Region,” said Oosterhoff. “Weekday GO train service between Niagara Falls and Toronto will help connect the region and create new business opportunities.”

For the last several years the seasonal Niagara GO train has bypassed Hamilton’s West Harbour GO Station in the North End. It remains to be seen if this will mean seasonal Niagara trips will also start to service West Harbour GO.

HSR relaunches improved online trip planner; SMS alerts coming soon

According to a release from the City of Hamilton, over the coming weeks, this real-time information will be available across five service channels: web, phone, Twitter, digital signage at terminals and a new SMS text feature.

The updated trip planner website hsrnow.hamilton.ca is now mobile-enabled, accessible regardless of the device or browser. Customers will be able to use the website to set up alerts to be sent to them for their favourite routes or stop numbers. Alerts can be customized based on time of day, day of week and they can be sent via email or SMS text (or both).

SMS text (which has not yet launched) will be a new option for customers, enabling them to find out when they can expect their next bus at any given stop. The city anticipates this to be a very popular option, particularly for those who only have texting plans for their phones, including many youth and students.

The relaunched trip planner and upcoming SMS alerts join the existing Bus Check telephone information system and the @HSRnow Twitter account. While the city’s release also touts digital signage at terminals which provide real-time information, these are only available at the MacNab Transit Terminal and have yet to be rolled out to anywhere else in the city.

New articulated HSR buses ordered for 2019

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The City of Hamilton and the HSR have put in an order for more articulated buses.

The order will see eleven new New Flyer XN60 buses added to the fleet. The order is for early 2019 delivery. These buses will replace all of the remaining 0600 articulated buses (6 buses remain) as well as replace five other 40′ buses.

The replacement of standard 40′ buses with articulated 60′ buses will help expand capacity.

Articulated buses are used primarily on routes 1 KING (weekends), 5 DELAWARE (weekends) 10 B-LINE EXPRESS, 25 UPPER WENTWORTH (weekends), 26 UPPER WELLINGTON (weekends) 27 UPPER JAMES, 35 COLLEGE, and 51 UNIVERSITY.  The buses are also typically used on special event shuttles and the TICATS EXPRESS.

HSR testing electric buses

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The HSR hasn’t had electric buses since the last of the trollies were retired several decades ago, but the transit agency in the City of Hamilton is now testing new electric buses.

Starting this week, the HSR began testing an electric bus, operating on various routes across the city. This model, the New Flyer Xcelsior CHARGE (XE35), is one of three that HSR will be testing over the next few months.

This isn’t the first time the HSR has tested out a new model of bus. It’s common for a transit agency to try out new buses before committing to an order.

“Investigating and testing this new technology is an opportunity for the City of Hamilton to see possible greater potential benefits,” the city said in a media release.  “The possible addition of Electric buses is supportive of the development of renewable resources which support the City of Hamilton’s priorities.”

The electric bus will not be in service, but will instead shadow existing buses on “a proposed itinerary that provides for different route geography, including three different escarpment crossings, long and short-range route options, different spans of operation to test battery drain, as well as reaching as many different areas of the city that residents may benefit from a less intrusive vehicle.”

This could be indicative of parallel testing of new or modified routes.

The test stems from a motion by Mayor Eisenberger March 19, 2018 Public Works Committee meeting directing staff to investigate, and possibly test, electric buses in preparation for future procurement.

Source: City of Hamilton